January 19, 2013 Discovery Bay - And that's about the best that can
be said for this outing as far as the fishing was concerned! While
the day started off a little chilly with some gazing hesitantly at
the water before pulling on waders and gearing up, hopes were high.
Rumors existed that a few fish were being caught in the bay and
while not considered red hot, expectations for the day were
Bruce and Sallye Rollans with assists from other club members
including Earl Summers, Bob and Jean Fujimura and Larry Schmidt, set
up the Delta Fly Fishers pavilion and soon had hot coffee and Danish
ready for the 20 or so DFFers that showed up for the outing. The
early morning fog had lifted and the sun shined brightly on the crew
as they assembled their pontoon boats or launched their boats down
the launch ramp.
By 8:30am a mosquito fleet could be seen in the area of the launch
ramp with fly rods waving back and forth and fly lines shooting out
to different areas of the many coves. Those in sturdier craft
motored around to the north and west sides of the bay looking for
fish. However, although the anglers worked hard to bring a few fish
to the net, only two, a 14 and 16 incher were reported as being
caught, one by Joe Balderston and the other by Mark DeLaBarre.
Around noon the crowds started to assemble at the staging area, some
rowing and some powering back to the docks and launch ramp. Bruce
and Sallye had their home made beef stew hot and ready to serve,
along with generous slices of sour dough bread, some Cabernet
Sauvignon in picnic crystal, and Biscotti and cookies for dessert.
With the fishing being so slow, most club members lingered around
the lunch area, trading fish stories and exchanging plans for
fishing excursions in the coming year. Bob Fujimura called the clan
together for a group picture, some documentation of a good effort on
a slow fishing day. A few members returned to the water after lunch
but most packed up and headed home.
Discovery Bay had the reputation of a great winter fishery in years
past with boils of stripers chasing threadfin shad all around the
launch ramp area. However, as the recent fish survey reports verify,
the threadfin shad population has diminished drastically in the
delta along with the striper population. With almost no baitfish in
the bay, the few stripers in the system have no reason to cruise the
waterway. The outing schedule calls for a second outing to this
fishery on December 7th of this year. That idea will probably
be revisited at one of the future board meetings and a change made
unless a sudden upturn in the fishery is evident.